In terms of music, when one hears the last name: “Marley,” one tends to think of Reggae—up until now that is!
Since dropping his fourth studio album: RADIO; Touring with Hard Rock band, Van Halen; and having collaborated with many of the game’s musical heavy-hitters—Ky-Mani Marley has solidified his artistry as: “Ky-Mani Music.” That is to say, that his music cannot be classified under any one genre, instead—providing music for people ‘from all walks of life.’
Ky-Mani Marley takes listeners on a transcendent musical journey with songs: ‘I PRAY,’ ‘DEAR DAD,’ ‘GHETTO SOLDIER’ and ‘I GOT YOU.’
Reinforcing this eclectic element—will be Ky-Mani’s heavily anticipated fifth studio album entitled: EVOLUTION of a REVOLUTION. The two part album is naturally compiled of World Music, Blues, Soft Rock and Hip-Hop. In general, Hip-Hop influence is heard in much of Marley’s music—as he has collaborated with Hip-Hop artists’ Pras (of the Fugees), Young Buck, Mya and Nas just to name a few.
So what is it exactly, that puts Ky-Mani Marley in his own, “Musical-Marley” lane? Well for starters, maybe it can be attributed to the fact, that Ky-Mani did not grow-up performing music like many of his brothers and sisters. Music sort of ‘chose him.’ Secondly, add to the fact that, although many people may assume, again because of his last name, that his early life was ‘a bed of roses’—well, the early years was just the thorn part—he had to indeed, ‘blossom to the roses.’ In other words, Ky-Mani grew up poor— poor of abundant material possessions that is– but as he noted, he was always rich with love.
“The one thing I had a lot of growing up was love. No matter the condition…so I was happy.”
Perhaps this is why, when Ky-Mani Marley is not in the studio, spends his time restoring his roots by giving back—that is, providing opportunities for his Love Over All Foundation also referred to as LOAF. The aim of the foundation is to inspire and uplift children from third world countries such as Jamaica.
Well—besides the music—another word—or words that one tends to think of, when they hear the last name: “Marley” is Love, more specifically…#ONE.LOVE#
The Marleyy LEGACY continues…
Ky-Mani Marley will be @BB Kings in New York City on June 21st 2012
Ka’Ja Johnson is a journalist from New York City! While working closely and consistently with COMCAST Media, BET-J, MTV2, JUMPOFF.TV, C.I.N. and now HIPHOPWORLD.com, Ka’Ja has been able to pioneer, hands-on experience with education—making her an ultimate hustler. A woman on the grind, Ka’Ja has interviewed celebrities: singers, athletes, actors, models fashion designers etc.
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